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Alumni Update: Massaro earns Academic All-District Honors

By 13 November, 2012No Comments

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Penn State defensive end and former Marple Newtown Tiger, Pete Massaro, has been selected to the Capital One Academic All-District® Football Team as selected by CoSIDA. They will be eligible for consideration for the Academic All-America® Team.

Penn State’s Academic All-District® 2 Team honoree, senior Pete Massaro,  was a 2010 first-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American®. He graduated in December 2011 with a 3.85 grade-point average in finance and is on schedule to earn a second degree, in economics, in December. Massaro missed the 2011 season with a serious knee injury and was not eligible to be nominated for Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America® consideration last year.

On the field, Pete has battled injuries but has still played in seven games for the Nittany Lions.  Massaro has one solo tackle, five assists, and a half-sack.

The Capital One Academic All-District® Football Team was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 on a scale of 4.00 and have achieved sophomore athletic eligibility.

The Nittany Lion football team has had a least one first-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American® in seven of the past eight seasons. Penn State leads the nation with 15 Academic All-Americans® over the past six years (13 first-team selections), including a program record five in 2008.

Penn State’s 49 Academic All-Americans® all-time rank No. 3 in the nation among Football Bowl Subdivision programs.

In October, NCAA data revealed that the Penn State Football student-athletes earned a program record 91 percent Graduation Success Rate, tied for No. 7 among the nation’s 120 Football Bowl Subdivision institutions.